Dar says Nawaz Sharif approved Shehbaz’s pick for army chief’s post
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has confirmed that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif had approved the name of the new army chief nominated by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
In an interviews with private news channel, Ishaq Dar said the ruling coalition had a ‘plan B’ for the appointment of the army chief, if President Arif Alvi had stopped the summary.
“The ‘plan A’ was to retain PM Shehbaz’s nominated COAS and ‘plan B’ was to co-promote the nominated army chief as Vice Chief of Army Staff,” he said.
Talking about the prices of petroleum products (PLD), the finance minister said the PTI’s government agreed to impose a petroleum levy of Rs50 with international monetary fund (IMF).
“Our policy is to maintain petroleum product prices unchanged,” he said.
Responding to the question regarding Russian oil, finmin said that he had met two US officials in Washington to inform them about the Pakistan’s willingness to buy Russian oil.
“I had demanded that neighbur country (India) was buying Russian oil at a discounted rate and Pakistan will also buy the oil to meet its requirmenets,” he said.
Referring to the meeting with President Arif Alvi, Dar said that the meeting with the President mainly focused on the economy as he wished to be briefed on the economy, adding that there will be no early elections and the general polls will be held in October 2023.